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Standing up to Greenpeace Extortionist Tactics with RICO (Guest: Seth Kursman)

February 8, 2018

As a response to public lies from Greenpeace and other radical environmental groups, Resolute Forest Products is suing under U.S. racketeering laws.

Greenpeace made several false and tortious claims concerning Resolute Forest Products logging practices in Canada. Resolute sued in both Canada and the US. Greenpeace issued a correction of some claims at the behest of a Canadian court but continued to lie in public about the company. Now Greenpeace has ignored a court deadline in Canada to turn over documents, while in the US. the case continues.

If Greenpeace is found guilty under RICO, of making false statements to hurt Resolute Forest Products operations and to raise money for its operations, it could be liable for as much as $300 million in damages. Other companies are watching the Resolute case closely and may soon themselves fight against Greenpeace's efforts to extort money and change business practices at the companies.

Author
H. Sterling Burnett, Ph.D. is a Heartland senior fellow on environmental policy and the managing editor of Environment & Climate News.
hsburnett@heartland.org